Air Considerations

Join us in Chicago on August 16th and 17th for GBAC’s Symposium Event at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Registration will begin 12p CT August 16th, followed by a full day speaking and workshop event on the 17th. Please see the full schedule below.

Please note that times may be subject to change. We look forward to seeing you there! 

(Tentative schedule; All times CT)

Tuesday, August 16th

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Begins – Exhibitor/Sponsor Set-up

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Start Networking Mixer

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Clean Air in Building Challenge Discussion

Speaker: John Lowe, Ph.D.

John Lowe, Ph.D.

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Mixer & Dinner in Exhibit Hall

Wednesday, August 17th

6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Opening Address

Patricia Olinger, JM, RBP

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Keynote: Dr. Deborah Birx, M.D.

Stopping the Pandemic of Magical Thinking: Covid-19 and More – What Have We Learned, What Can We Do Better? Dr. Birx will discuss the pandemic, what may be coming next, and will discuss a holistic, data driven, integrated approach to mitigate future biorisks and provide resilient common-sense solutions.

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Air Quality Considerations for Non-Healthcare, As Built Environments

Speaker: Mark Hernandez, Ph.D.

Professor Hernandez will describe how new generation of networked sensors are being used for high fidelity indoor air quality monitoring and risk assessments in high density built environments.

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Panel: You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

Mark Hernandez, Ph.D.
John Larochelle – President Lighthouse EIP
Elizabeth Caley – CEO Poppy
Dr. John McKeon – CEO, Allergy Standards
Paul J. Meechan, Ph.D

Mark Hernandez John Larochelle Elizabeth Caley Dr. John McKeon Paul J. Meecham

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch in Exhibit Hall (1 hour)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Keynote: Cleaning for Health to Create the Healthiest Possible Indoor Environment

Speaker: Dr. John McKeon, CEO Allergy Standards

 John McKeonDr. John McKeon will highlight the need for an integrated approach when it comes to managing the air we breathe in our indoor environments. This talk will focus on the “Building Science Trifecta” of Air Quality, Energy Efficiency, and Materials Science, how each is interdependent, and why “cleaning for health” and not just for appearance should be the mantra for all purpose-driven building professionals.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Panel: Enhance Air Filtration and Cleaning

Paul Meechan, Ph.D.
John Lowe, Ph.D.
Dinesh Wadhwani
Dave Maurer

Paul J. Meecham  John LoweDinesh Wadhwani Dave Maurer

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Network Break in Exhibit Hall (30 min)

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Create a Clean Indoor Action Plan

Speaker: Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Address

Patricia Olinger, JM, RBP